StarCraft II fans south of the US border will have two ways to pay for the game, with Blizzard revealing a less-expensive, time-limited version of the game for players in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
Here's how this works. Players in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil can pay $US299 MXN, $US119 ARS, $US13,900 CLP and $US49.90 BRL respectively for a version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty that comes with six months of play time via the new version of Battle.net. Once the time expires, players can opt to purchase 30 or 60-day subscriptions at rates not yet revealed.
It's an excellent option for South American and Mexican gamers, giving them localised Latin American Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese versions of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty at a fraction of the relatively exorbitant price they'd normally pay. At current currency conversion rates, the time-limited versions all fall between $US20-$US30.
"One of our design goals for StarCraft II was to make it accessible to a wide range of players, from beginners to veterans," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "The same is true with regard to our pricing options - we want to make sure players have the flexibility to experience the game according to their own preferences and play style."
Players in these countries will also be able to purchase an unlimited access version of the game directly from Blizzard for a price comparable to the US price of $59.99.
How does this sound to our Mexican and South American readers? Seem fair?